medieval-canon

Oldest cannonball in England found

From Fox News: The oldest surviving cannonball in England has been rediscovered on a medieval battlefield. The cannonball, which was lost for several years, was likely used in the Battle of Northampton in 1460, one of the battles in the decades-long Wars of the Roses. The giant ball has two large dents from a few…

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Rare copy of Magna Carta discovered

From the BBC: An early edition of Magna Carta has been found in a Victorian scrapbook during a search of a council’s archives The discovery has come months ahead of the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta in Runnymede in 1215. Read more…

King Henry VIII

What did King Henry VIII really want from a wife?

From the BBC: Henry VIII: Britain’s most famous king. Big, bold and brash, he is the epitome of ‘Merrie England’. Ruling between 1509 and 1547, his marriages to a succession of six women became something of a Tudor soap opera and probably his most talked-about legacy. So, as king of England and one of Europe’s…

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Gildas

St. Gildas was a monk who chronicled the history of the British isles from the time near the end of the Roman era to the coming of the Saxons. He lived approximately from 500 – 570 AD. His most famous work is the De Excidio et Conquestu Britanniae (On the Ruin of Britain). It is an important piece…